Christian Nodal -- "De Los Besos Que Te Di"
On April 3, Christian Nodal posted an Instagram video of himself singing a new song from the comfort of his recording studio. This week, the Mexican singer officially dropped "De los besos que te di" (Of the kisses I gave you), his new musical production that, in true Nodal fashion, comes with a wave of heartfelt lyrics. The Regional Mexican song, which launched with a black-and-white music video on April 14, tells the story of a person who misses his ex. "Of all the kisses I gave you, which one do you miss the most: the sweet ones, the ones with poison, the innocent ones, or the unstoppable ones?" Nodal chants with all his guts. -- JESSICA ROIZ
Ozomatli featuring Olmeca “El Otro Lado”
“Don’t give up. If there is a concrete wall in front of you, go through it, go over, go around it, but get to the other side of that wall” orders agitatedly the intro of the cumbia-flavored “El Otro Lado,” Ozomatli’s new single in collaboration with founding member Chali 2na, featuring hip-hop Mexican-American artist and activist, Olmeca. Escorted by rabid horns, Ozomatli sets the immigration issue to the fore with an optimistic attitude without letting the moral doublethink dissolve in the complexity of its nature. “El Otro Lado” is a bilingual tune fraught with social commentary which highlights racism and xenophobia and the struggle of Latinos as they journey to distant places to provide for loved ones. -- PAMELA BUSTIOS
Lila Downs -- “Clandestino”
Lila Down revives Manu Chao’s classic “Clandestino,” a model of the world music boom of the late '90s. Her cumbia-infused tune, however, disengages from Manu Chao’s globalized pop song sampling a folk provincial sound in which new and old truths explode. The exchange of a few words of the song’s original lyrics are just enough to air political criticisms concerning the detention centers in the U.S. and the unsustainable policy of family separation. “Si no peleamos por los niños, qué será de nosotros?” “If we don’t fight for the children, what will become of us?” echoes Down’s vocals with a misty resignation flanked by jangling guitars and a Mexican cumbia-tinged accordion. -- PB